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Mountain Men and Maple Syrup (or a tale of two pancakes)

Mountain Man Buckwheat Pancakes

Two boys decided they don’t like maple syrup.  Just when I think I’m getting a handle on the world, a curve ball.  I mean, seriously, did you know it was possible to not like maple syrup?  I had no idea.  But there you go.  Some people out there simply don’t like the sugary sweet miracle of sap.  a gift from the trees.  perfect on everything from pancakes to steak.  yep, if i was wealthy i’d eat this stuff on everything (and I’d likely have an entirely new set of health problems).

ah, but you see, because two boys decided they no longer like maple syrup, two adults got to gallop home with a mason jar full of the amber beauty.

and so a test.  gluten-free buckwheat pancakes.  First we tried a recipe I found online for “Mountain Man” pancakes, because I do loves me some mountain men.  Next we tried a recipe e-mailed to me by our friend Melissa.  And ding ding ding…Keevil, your pancakes are the winner!  Both recipes were delicious, but the Buckwheat-Cornmeal combination tasted the most like the pancakes I have known and loved in the past.  They also rose quite fluffy and stayed that way after they were lifted from the pan.  Whereas the Mountain Man Pancakes rose and than sunk once removed from the heat.  I will hold back on making any correlation between the performance of the pancakes and actual ‘mountain men’.

(i apologize as well to all friends currently living in the mountains.  you’ve chosen a charmed life and i am endlessly envious.  you know it.)

The recipes.

Mountain Man Buckwheat Pancakes can be found over at Frugal Antics. Loads of good eats over there.

and here is the recipe shared by Melissa:

Buckwheat-Cornmeal Pancakes

3/4 cup buckwheat flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

1 cup buttermilk or almond milk

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup frozen blueberries (optional)

(Only thing I changed with this recipe is I added a tsp of baking soda and I also soured a regular cup of milk with 2 tbsp of vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes)

Yum Yum!

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Saturday Morning Special

Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Super Fluffy Pancakes

I slept in.

It’s a rare enough occurrence that I actually felt like it deserved to be blogged.

The dog is waiting patiently (sorta) for her morning tromp through the snow.  It seemed, after all, that a sleep-in Saturday also deserves a good breakfast.  A slow breakfast.  A warm pottery mug full of coffee wrapped in cold winter morning fingers.  A frying pan heating up with melted butter.

I’m often a creature of habit and this morning smoothie is one of my usual start-up beverages.

Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Almond milk is something I only recently discovered.  Previously I used to make this with chocolate or vanilla soy milk, but I like the almond milk version much better.  It’s a simple throw together.  One banana, a handful of frozen mixed berries and fill to top of fruit with chocolate almond milk.  Blend together until smooth.

Fluffy Pancakes

Pancakes are total comfort for me.  They remind me of my Dad in the kitchen after a long week of work.  I’m pretty certain I only saw my Dad cook two things when I was a kid, oatmeal and pancakes.  The oatmeal was always loaded with brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon.  The pancakes were always piled high.

Pancakes to me are the mountains.  A staple breakfast before a good day of hiking or part of my mountain trekking preparation meal before a multi-day adventure.  My hiking partner would always rise a little later and I would start the day off with a slow cup of tea and a kitchen of busy pans cooking up sausages, bacon, pancakes, french toast and eggs.

These pancakes came from a combination of recipes while I was on a search for the fluffiest pancakes ever.

Combine 1 cup of milk with 2 tbsp of vinegar.  Set aside for 5 minutes until soured.

In another bowl, mix 1 cup of flour with 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda.  Add in a pinch of salt and combine.  Set aside.

Separate an egg adding the yolk to the milk mixture and placing the egg white in a bowl on its own.  Add 2 tsp of sugar to the milk mixture and a drop of oil.  Mix up.  Than whisk up the egg white until it forms stiff peaks than fold into the milk mixture.

Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just to combine.

Butter.  Hot pan.  Flip Flip.  Enjoy!

Makes about 7 or 8 medium sized pancakes.